Trinity members and friends relish a good story, especially when it is about the early days of their church when families arrived in wagons for Sunday morning preaching, glad they had met no Indian scouting parties on the way.
The year was 1824, and the rough frontier village was about to call itself Tallahassee, the native American translation of Old Town. A couple of circuit riders had been sent down by a group of South Carolina Methodists two years earlier to greet the first settlers and help them start a religious organization.
A New Historical Society
The rest is history. One hundred and ninety-one years of it. The oldest religious organization in Tallahassee, Trinity now has a new Historical Society, whose purpose is to collect, preserve, and disseminate that history with the church family, the public, and other historical groups. The proposal to create a society of interested members and friends who will advance knowledge of the church’s history was approved by the Church Council at a meeting April 28, 2016.
The Society will hold an annual meeting, and as the group grows, they will host talks, programs, and other historical events several times a year. A webpage and newsletter are also planned.
Invitation to Prospective Members
The society is open to all persons interested in preserving the current collection of historical records and documents of the church and helping to disseminate it with publications, programs, and additional research. Trinity members and other interested members of the public may join. Members will have an opportunity to share their interest in history, speaking, writing, researching, and producing videos and exhibits. In order that prospective members can experience the excitement and inspiration that can be found in stories of Tallahassee’s early settlers—as well as the role Trinity played in building a community of moral citizens, government leaders, and educational institutions—an orientation meeting will take place in the early fall.
The Society is inviting persons who would like to be charter members to assist in planning Society events. Membership application forms may be found in the Welcome Center, and you can also download the Word document application form here. For those who want to mail the form electronically, please send to Pam Crosby as an attachment. Here is also a PDF form. Directions for other ways to return the form are on the form itself.
Need More Information?
Questions may be directed to any of the organizing officers of the Society: Linda Yates, chair; Pam Crosby, technical editor; Bob Jones, historian; and/or Lynn McLarty, membership archivist. To find out more about the Historical Society, please read this description and/or write to Linda Yates, chair.